Air Pollution in the 21st Century by T. Schneider

By T. Schneider

Those works hide the motives and nature of pollution, its overall healthiness and environmental results, and the result of prior and current guidelines geared toward decreasing it. destiny plans to lessen degrees of air toxins, akin to sulphur dioxide, greenhouse gases and particulates also are mentioned.

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G. Lead (Pb) may increase. Agriculture - Novel foods are expected to increase the environmental efficiency of food production by a factor of 5 to 20 in terms of energy conversion, waste etc. - The effects of ozone on agricultural crops is again under study; the production losses are estimated between 10% and 40%. - Priority should be given to the rural development of the poorest Third World countries. This should be achieved by introducing fertilizers, genetic manipulation (leading to, for example, drought-resistant species) and intensified educational programs.

The monetary impact of Climate Change is estimated at 1 - 2 % GDP; the former Soviet Union and China are expected to end with net positive global change effects; developing countries will probably be the net losers. - The 'safe landing emission corridor' for industrialized countries is very narrow, given the minimum restrictions on absolute and relative temperature change and sealevel rise. Stabilization in the coming decades is the upper limit of a development to meet these restrictions. Many options for reduction of HFC's (US) and methane (Europe) are in discussion.

Current research on soil chemistry has indicated that (at least for The Netherlands) the critical levels for the total(potential) acidifying deposition could be relaxed from 1400 moles to about 2000 moles per hectare (average levels for various soil types). In contrast with this total potential acid deposition, the eutrophying nitrogen flux / deposition into the soil is seen as critical; current (critical) loads cannot be relaxed. European policies (ECE) have resulted in substantial decreases in SO2 emissions.

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